It’s amazing what you can find just outside your front door, and when you live in an area where there are lots of trees and trails, nature can often provide inspiration to create your own personalized keepsake. Recently, Matt and I set off on a very memorable 5-hour hike near our home and, I, as usual, grabbed two trusty and readily available walking and throwing sticks-a habit I picked up from many wilderness camping trips.
This particular nature trek was so peaceful and bonding, and something about it left me wanting to remember its specialness. After holding the shorter branch in my hand for hours, it became as familiar as a friend. So much so, that I knew it would make the perfect souvenir and craft project for when we returned home.
Here now, is a very simple photo tutorial of what I did with my lovely little branch. I start out illustrating what inspired me to make this piece and how I thought I’d embellish it with a touch of personality – yarn! See what I did with this reindeer, too!. I’ve always been partial to little birdies-their song and ability to take flight have always connected with me, let alone they being both an audible and visual reminder of the outdoors.
This, by the way, is a great tip in creating something that is meaningful to you. When your decor holds personal significance, it transforms a space into a home.
Have you wrapped anything with yarn?
Note: if you are hiking in a state or national park, be sure to ask if you are allowed to remove dead fall wood from the area. Most likely, you will not; however, ask the ranger what options you might have.
All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly